Staff  
   
Ministers
  John Wurster
Pastor/Head of Staff
john@saintphilip.net
  John grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas.
He received the Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Trinity University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa; the Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary; and the Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

John has authored two books published
by CSS Press: What If What They Say Is True
is a collection of sermons on the prophets; Ordinary Words, Extraordinary Deeds is a reflection on preaching the miracles of Jesus. John has also contributed worship materials and essays to Call to Worship, the journal published by the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
.
 
John is a Trustee of the Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, Texas and
a former Trustee of Schreiner University
in Kerrville. He serves locally on the Board
of Interfaith Ministries. He is a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and has been involved with PAM conferences as a co-director and preacher. John is also an adjunct faculty member in homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

John is married to Deborah Burks, formerly Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University.
   
  John Wurster has been Pastor of St. Philip since March 2012. He most recently served as Pastor
at First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville, Texas.
He has also served Presbyterian churches in Ohio
and Pennsylvania
.
  Keatan King
Associate Pastor keatan@saintphilip.net
 
Throughout her life and theological training, ministry with young people retains special emphasis in her work and commitment to
the church.


Keatan has a heart for ministry with youth
and young adults and seeks to accompany
young people as they experience the transformative love of Jesus Christ in
their lives.
  Keatan is dedicated to the spiritual
growth and theological formation of youth
and young adults and works to equip them
to serve as faithful, compassionate, and imaginative leaders in both the Church
and the world.


In her free time, Keatan enjoys running, reading, cooking, nail art, being outdoors,
and spending time with friends.
   
  Keatan King is a native of Austin, Texas and a lifelong Presbyterian, Keatan graduated from Austin College in 2009 with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish and she received her Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2013.
  Omar Rouchon
Associate Pastor omar@saintphilip.net
  Omar studied political science in college,
and spent five wonderful years teaching math and science before finally answering a call
to ministry – a call he first experienced as
a teenager. Deeply interested in an array
of diversity and multi-faith engagement, Omar pursued his theological studies at Harvard Divinity School.

Omar holds a B.A. from Yale and a M.Ed. from
the University of Houston. In 2015, he received the Master of Divinity degree from Harvard, and
is excited to work with the children and families
of St. Philip as a Ministry Associate.

  Education and spiritual formation are two
of Omar’s greatest interests, and he feels deeply called to work in youth and children’s ministry. Omar also enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and all things Houston!
   
  Omar Rouchon is originally from Rochester, New York, but called Houston home from 2007-2012,
when he taught fifth grade through Teach For America. During that time Omar was a member of St. Philip and served on the Session.
Music
  Randall Swanson
Director of Music randall@saintphilip.net
 

Randall received degrees in organ and church music from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin (Bachelor of Music, cum laude), the University of North Texas in Denton (Master of Music), and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (Doctor of Music).  

Prior to joining us at St. Philip, Randall served Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, and Episcopal churches in Wisconsin, Chicago, and Virginia, including Holy Name Cathedral and Saint Clement Church in Chicago (where his annual productions of Handel’s complete Messiah with period instruments were highlights of the Chicago concert season for over two decades), and historic Trinity Church (Episcopal, founded in 1746) in Staunton, Virginia, during which time he also served as Executive Director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia, based in Charlottesville.

 
He has trained and conducted choirs for services and concerts in many of the great monuments of Christendom, including St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Chartres Cathedral, and St. Sernin Basilica in Toulouse for the highly prestigious Toulouse les Orgue Festival International. His CD recording as conductor of Mozart’s Requiem was released world-wide on the Amadis label and heard in the critically acclaimed film Happiness, and he is featured as organist on The Last Song of Summer, a CD of music for organ and cello released on the Dorian classical label. Randall’s CD and concert recordings have been featured on public radio and classical music stations throughout North America, including several American Public Media Pipedreams
® programs.
   
  Randall Swanson grew up in southeastern
Wisconsin, and joined the St. Philip music staff in the summer of 2016. Randall plays the 8:30am Sunday service, directs the St. Philip Choir, Youth Choir, and Bell Canto handbell choir, and coordinates the annual St. Philip Concert Series.
  Matthew Dirst
Organist
dirst@central.uh.edu
 

He was closely involved in the commissioning
of the Fritts organ and Phillips harpsichord and
is immensely grateful to serve in a church where music is so highly valued.


The first American to win major international prizes in both organ and harpsichord, Matthew
is also Professor of Music at the Moores School
of Music, University of Houston, where he teaches courses in music history and performance practice, and Artistic Director
of the Grammy-nominated early music ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston.  
 

His degrees include a PhD in musicology
from Stanford University and degrees in
organ and sacred music from the University
of Illinois and Southern Methodist University.
A Fulbright scholar to France, he received
the coveted prix de virtuosité in both organ and harpsichord.

The author of numerous articles on the
music of Bach and its reception, Matthew
is the author of Engaging Bach: The Keyboard Legacy from Marpurg to Mendelssohn
(Cambridge University Press, 2012). 
   
  Organist Matthew Dirst, who joined the St. Philip music staff in 1997, plays the 11 am Sunday service, accompanies the St. Philip Choir, and has served
St. Philip in numerous other capacities over the years, including two periods as interim choirmaster.
Church Office
 
  Lorrie Castle
Office Manager
lorrie@saintphilip.net


Lorrie Castle, our office manager, comes from
a non-profit background in event management.

 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in General Business from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.  

She and her husband David, a CPA and
a member of St. Philip, were married in this church in January, 2012.  

They enjoy spontaneous dates, sporting events, theatre, music, entertaining, and traveling.  Both of their families reside in other states--Lorrie's in Ohio, and David's in New York.  

Lorrie volunteers in the Arts and Crafts Studio here at St. Philip; her hobbies include scrapbooking, crafting, and flower gardening.

 
  Micah Meyers
Art Director
micah@saintphilip.net


Micah Meyers joined the staff in 2013 and manages St. Philip’s in-house design department. She produces/maintains the church website, social media and communication materials.

 

Micah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
in Communication Design from Pratt Institute
in Brooklyn, NY.


While her background originates from advertising in the corporate environment, she has developed a passion and career emphasis on community driven design in the non profit sector. She enjoys the constant creative challenge St. Philip offers.

Her goal is applying the best design solutions to accurately capture the unique qualities
that makes St. Philip a special place.

Micah’s interests include community volunteering and taking off-the-beaten-path road trips. She also likes spending time outdoors with trail running, hiking and
stand up paddling.

 
  Denise Ferrell
Bookkeeper
denise@saintphilip.net


 

 

Property & Facilities
 
  Wilbert Parada
Facilities Manager
wilbert@saintphilip.net


 

 

 
  Dimas Parada
Custodian
dimas@saintphilip.net


 

 

 
Nursery
 
    Denise Sanchez
 
    Janet Sanchez
  Infants & children through 3 years
  are invited to our Nursery, well-staffed by professional childcare providers. Please find
our Nursery in Room 106 of the Education
Building along the Sunday School Classroom
hallway on the first floor. An usher or a
greeter will be happy to direct you there.

Nursery & Preschool:

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Sundays
 
   

St. Philip is a member of the Presbyterian Church - USA
4807 San Felipe Street, Houston, TX 77056 - Ph. (713) 622-4807